Multilateral Regional Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Agreements: Lessons for the Arctic
Article from: OGEL 2 (2012), in Polar Energy Law (Arctic, Antarctic)
In the aftermath of large oil spills off the coasts of Australia in 2009 and the United States in 2010, both caused by blowouts of undersea oil wells, the Arctic Council established a special Task Force in May 2011 responsible for drafting a new international instrument on oil spill preparedness and response in the Arctic. This article examines the global legal framework for oil spill preparedness and response and provides a comparative analysis of the multilateral regional agreements in seventeen geographical areas worldwide. An examination of the existing regional agreements ...